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Ristorante Milano
Ristorante Milano

Ristorante Milano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.milanosf.com
  • Phone: (415) 673-2961
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Aldo Blasi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The full menu is available, in addition to custom orders.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate private lunch functions, and semiprivate parties for dinner. Also, the entire restaurant is available for buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Aldo Blasi (415) 673-2961

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Hyde and Larkin
  • Public Transit: SF Muni Line 12, 49 (on Van Ness Avenue); Cable Car
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The lot is located at the corner of Pacific and Polk.
A word from Ristorante Milano
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "A friend of my daughter's suggested this restaurant so we made reservations. We arrived a little early and were seated right away as it was a fairly quiet Sunday evening. My daughter had the lasagna special and I had the chicken saltimbocca. Both were perfect and the lasagna wasn't overly heavy. Service was attentive and thoughtful. Even though a couple of larger tables came in later, the noise level wa reasonable. We would highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and ambiance. Great small neighbor hood gem."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every time we come here it reminds us of dining in Italy. Everything is freshly prepared with the very best ingredients. Tonight we began with the grilled calamari with white bean appetizer, which was superb! My wife had the grilled veal chop,,,, as good as any she has ever had! I had the veal piazziola.... made with the very finest quality veal and delicious! Great gelato desert! Even the cappuccino was outstanding! The service is as great as the food....very knowledgable, attentive and friendly!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious and authentic Italian food. Focaccia was freshbaked and flavorful. We came for the zabaione, but the chef doesn't offer it on Saturday - too time consuming for them to make."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Ristorante Milano has been a winning restaurant for at least 20 years and shows no sign of resting on its laurels. Just great food, great service and a friendly inviting small restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We go here fairly often and have never had a bad meal. We recently brought some of out of town friends here and they loved it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Well worth the walk from Financial District to this venue where the burata, if that is how it is spelled, and that we shared, was heavenly, the home made ravioli, light and extremely tasty, the king salmon cooked just so with a subtle, yet intense basil pesto coulis, followed by the dessert special. The waitress was a delightfully feisty, funny, and very helpful person... the entire evening was a treat!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I dine here often. In a neighborhood of many small restaurants, this one stands out."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This place is my favorite Italian restaurant in SF. It is authentic Italian with the owners and servers all from Italy. It's cozy, comfortable and the service and wine list are great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife an I were spending our 34th anniversary celebration as a weekend in San Francisco. I wanted to go somewhere new within walking distance of our hotel. Through Opentable I discovered Ristorante Milano. The menu was very inviting with a terrific assortment of starters, home made pastas, main courses and desserts (don't miss the homemade gelatos). The food and service was superb, and the wine choices and recommendation spot on for our four course dinner. My wife and I felt like we were transported to Italy for the evening and we will definately return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Ristorante Milano is a very small and in a somewhat cramped space, but the food was over the top! The best Tiramisu I've ever tasted. Organic , farm fresh produce made the food prepared, exceptional. The wait service was also very good. I would definitely recommend this place to others. Reservations a must!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We come to San Francisco a couple of times per year, and with all the good restaraunts in SF, we always come back. We have enjoyed everything we have tried, love the service, and think of it as our special place to go in SF."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We made early Saturday reservations at 5pm. My friend and I arrived late due to traffic with no problem, even greeted with a smile. Food was delicious! We had a mushroom crostini & argula salad with strawberries as appetizer-yummy. Our main meal was a salmon dish which could have used a little more seasoning, but good. For desert we had a light and tasty glazed roasted pear served with vanilla ice cream-also yummy! To add to the overall ambiance of dining in a neighborhood Italian restaurant was hearing Italian spoken by the wait staff and other diners. I'm glad we "accidentally" ended up at this place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Pay attention to the subtle flavors and tastes. Charming neighborhood northern Italian restaurant. Should be on your list of winners."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We found this restaurant through OPen Table. We'd never have known about it as it's off the beaten track. Our main problem with the restarant is the lack of parking. Our reservation was for 8pm so we were lucky to find street parking three blocks away. Food was well prepared and hot. Service was handled by two servers so hopefully the tip was shared between the two. Both were personable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is always really good here. We have been coming for special occasions for years. We live in Fremont and it is worth the drive. Prices are reasonable for the food quality and very good service. It is not in North Beach so attracts the locals and not too many tourists. It really helps that they have a deal with the wine shop down the street that you can pay to park in their lot. Otherwise, there is never any street parking."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "You are quick to feel you have been transported to Italia. The menu and ambience provide you a great italian dinner! have been a few times and plan to return soon!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This one of our favorite Italian restaurants in SF. On our most recent visit my wife had the grilled salmon and I had lamb meatballs over polenta. Both were excellent. The service is always friendly and welcoming."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times over the years and am never disappointed, the food is always amazing as is the service. I've brought several people here and they have always been impressed."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Delicious food, great wine and outstanding service. Favorite neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our time here. Great authentic Italian food and exceptional service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "You will get good original italian food in a very family like atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Superb friendly service and amazing Italian food! Wine pours are generous as well. Beer not listed on menu but they have great options!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We dine here every time we are in SF. The food quality and service are both excellent. The owner is always on the premises making sure everything runs to perfection."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "From the bread with oil and the beet salad to the liqueur-soaked pear with vanilla ice cream, it was a delicious meal. A little noisy but not terrible. Staff is very quick and efficient - excellent service. Only problem was deciding what to order!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in the entire world. Honestly. Ristorante Milano has the perfect balance of amazing food, great service, and wonderful ambience. You walk in and immediately feel welcome as if you were at your neighborhood restaurant in Roma. It is truly the "sweet life" when you are able to eat at Ristorante Milano!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Vibrant neighborhood Italian bistro with freshly made pasta, fresh ingredients and generous portions. Fairly priced: $154 (+$30 tip) for 2 including a good bottle of vino with starter, main and dessert. Ciao! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Delicious ravioli....the chicken saltimboca was OK...Veal chop was good as well....will return"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Ristorante Milano is nice little restaurant with delicious food and good Service in a nice atmosphere. We enjoyed a nice Italian Dinner there and would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "A fantastic neighborhood gem which never fails to provide a fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The restaurant is smaller than expected, and it was packed tight. After waiting 20 minutes beyond my reservation time, I was seated at a nice table by the front window. Other patrons, not from the same dining parties, were seated together with little space for privacy or intimate conversation. If I'd been seated there, I would not have been pleased, The food was enjoyable, ravioli for me and chicken marsala for my S/O. The highlight of the meal was dessert, with a chocolate almond cake and gelato (hazelnut and vanilla). Nothing was great, but it was all very good. Prices were reasonable, and I would eat here again. The service was excellent, and it made up for the delay in seating. Again, dessert was amazing. : )"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is a small friendly restaurant. The owner and the waiters were all very friendly and helpful, but not overbearing in any way. The pasta was excellent and the clams were very fresh. All the warm dishes arrived piping hot straight from the kitchen obviously freshly cooked. We will definitely come back here for good Italian dishes."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The execution at this restaurant is nearly flawless, and for the price it cannot be beat. Every dish comes out excellent, and the staff is friendly. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been coming to San Francisco for the past two years and eating sat least once every time at Milano. The greeting is warm, the food excellent and the neighborhood pleasant. If this restaurant were located where we live in Vermont, we would eat there weekly."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is a true gem! The food and the service are outstanding! The gnochi is homemade and fabulous. And the Zabaglione is the best dessert ever! A very special dinning experience!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My first time to Ristorante Milano was absolutely exquisite. Family from out of town wanted a San Francisco Italian experience, I wanted to take them somewhere off the beaten path. This neighborhood gem was perfect. From the moment we were seated, we were given excellent attention from the entire staff. Our waiter was extremely professional, attentive but gave us space to enjoy the meal. Our table shared the grilled calamari appetizer (of the day) with white beans - sheer perfection. I had one of their house specialties, gnocchi with pancetta in a red sauce, that was superb. As we departed, the manager attentively asked how our meal and evening was. It was amazing. I will definitely be recommending this restaurant to friends"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This restaurant was incredible. The service and food were outstanding. Definitely a place I will visit anytime I return to the San Francisco area."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I had the pasta with fresh shellfish and the Pera Cotta al Marsala dessert. The pasta was really good. They make it themselves. The food is really beautiful. The pear would have been better with a different flavor of gelato, to compliment it. I would go back to this restaurant. It isn't too expensive either. You can also sit inside or outside."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We dined here after about a 3 year hiatus. We were greeted by Raphael, who actually remembered us from our last visit and even recalled the table we sat at. And we recognized some of the other staff, many of whom have been with this establishment for years. Service was outstanding, friendly and attentive. Food was very good too - we ordered several different dishes including a beet salad, veal scaloppini, saltimbocca and a special seafood melange of shrimp, scallops, clams & mussels in a red sauce over polenta and all were great and plentiful. For dessert, we shared a nicely sized tiramisu and thought it was delicious. In short, a very happy return, reminding us that we need to visit this fairly small, local establishment more often."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been here at least 6 times over the last year and every meal has been a delight. The food, staff and overall experience is the quintessential SF neighborhood Italian dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014